House prosecution urges CJ to show up for the 'undecided' Pinoys

March 22, 2012 1:10 am 

By Monique S. Nellas

MANILA, March 21 — The House of Representatives' prosecution panel firmly believes that Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona should show up at the impeachment trial to convince Filipinos still undecided of his innocence.

House Deputy Speaker and Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III, in a press briefing, said that if the chief justice will not take the witness stand and will not answer the questions of the defense, the prosecution and the senator-judges, the public may assume that he is afraid of the allegations set before him.

Tañada, one of the spokesmen for the prosecution, said that the chief magistrate hould not be troubled facing the Senate impeachment court if he is not doing anything wrong because his integrity is at stake.

Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, also spokesman for the prosecution, said the public were already tired on the manner of how the evidence were presented because the allegations were not directly answered but the witnesses of the defense panel.

Angara said that although survey results may still change, a possibility that Filipinos believing that the chief justice is guilty will increase if the presentation of the defense panel will not be credible enough for the public.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted on February 26 to March 9, 2012, 43 percent of Filipinos are still undecided of whether Chief Justice Corona is guilty or not.

Meanwhile, some 47 percent of the respondents said the chief justice is guilty on the impeachment case filed against him. (PNA)



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